Student Activities

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Student Activities is committed to the development of our students' collegiate experience by supporting their educational, personal, and career goals. Student Activities fosters an environment that provides growth through the implementation of educational events, industry speakers, civic awareness, and extra-curricular activities.

Benefits to Involvement in Student Activities

  • To promote and develop leadership skills
  • To participate in community awareness activities
  • To enhance opportunities and awareness in all industry professions
  • To develop relationships with peers
  • To develop an interest in current issues
  • To network with industry professionals
  • To enhance awareness of various customs and cultures

Student Organizations

Alumni Association

The FIDM Alumni Association keeps FIDM Grads connected and provides up-to-the-minute alumni news and important industry information. With 44 Alumni Chapters in the U.S. and around the world, the Alumni Association provides graduates with access to a valuable personal network that includes more than 52,000 members worldwide. Twice annually, grads receive the award-winning Alumni Magazine Dialogues featuring a wealth of industry and career focused information about FIDM Alumni Achievements. LiveWire is a monthly eNewsletter featuring alumni news and special events including workshops for Photoshop, Illustrator, and professional writing.

Free membership upon graduation brings endless opportunities: entrée into exclusive industry organizations, guidance and support from some of the most talented and connected people in key industries, and seminars and networking events hosted by the Alumni Association. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at the Los Angeles campus for more information about the Association.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter *

ASID is the largest professional association for Interior Designers in the United States and Canada. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building, and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives. Student members prepare for their career by joining the ASID network.

In addition to ASID, professional design organizations for areas of specialization include International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH), Retail Design Institute (RDI), and Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) offer educational and scholarship opportunities for student participation.

Cross-Cultural Student Alliance (CCSA) **

The CCSA is a student organization that encourages participation by both international and domestic students. Students engage in a variety of cross-cultural activities, and provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment.

Design & Entertainment Club

The Design & Entertainment Club offers opportunities for students who have a carrer focus in the graphic design and entertainment industries to network with industry professionals, alumni, and their peers. Students from the following majors can participate: Digital Media, Entertainment Set Design & Decoration, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communications.

Fashion Group International of Los Angeles, Inc., (FGILA) Student Membership*

The Fashion Group International of Los Angeles, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for professionals in fashion and related industries. The organization provides students with a mentor program and the opportunity to network with top-level members, assist in FGILA events, and apply for internships. Students seeking membership must meet eligibility requirements and submit an application during the fall quarter. Membership is offered once a year.

Fashion Industry Club

The Fashion Industry Club offers opportunities for students to network with peers, hear industry speakers, and participate in field trips and round table discussions about hot topics of interest in the apparel industry. It also introduces students to the American Association of Textile Colorists & Chemists (AATCC). Students from the following majors can participate: Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Business Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Design Knitwear, Merchandise Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, and Textile Design.

FIDM MODE

FIDM MODE is a publication written, photographed, and designed by students interested in promoting awareness in the fashion and design industries, student life, and current events. Students from all majors and campuses can participate. Current Students may see the Campus Newsletter or FIDM MODE Facebook page for more information.

Knit Club**

The Knit Club is sponsored by the Textile Design and Fashion Knitwear Design programs and meets on the Los Angeles campus. Beginners are welcome and there are no time requirements. Learn how to knit or receive help to become a better knitter. See the Student Activities Office or Knit Club for more information.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

The mission of the honor society is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming. Currently enrolled students who have completed 12 units with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are eligible to apply for membership. Interested students should come to a scheduled meeting. All meetings are advertised in the campus Newsletter. Formal induction is offered bi-quarterly at all campuses.

Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA)*

The Set Decorators Society of America is the only national nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the support of the past, present, and future of set decorators in motion pictures, television, commercials, and music videos. Students at the Los Angeles campus may join the SDSA Student Chapter as a non-voting member. Studentsare mentored by professionals, attend discussions by set decorator/industry partners, tour film/TV sets, prop houses, and participate in networking opportunities.

Student Council

The Student Council promotes student rights and provides effective representation of student interests and concerns. The Student Council also strives to keep students informed of available resources/services and promotes the development of student leadership, service, and school spirit. All current students are eligible to join. Students simply need to come to a scheduled meeting. All meetings are advertised in the Campus Newsletter. Current FIDM Students may check the Student Council Facebook page.

Student Veterans of America (SVA)

The FIDM Student Veterans of America club provides military veterans and dependents of veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. The SVA helps students use their veteran benefits to achieve their academic goals and find meaningful employment.

*Los Angeles campus only
**Los Angeles and Orange County campuses only

Student Involvement & Community Service

Volunteer community service is any activity or job performed without pay that goes to benefit a nonprofit organization and/or community.  Volunteer community service provides a critical component to the educational experience and future employability by giving students the opportunity to strengthen their resume while making an important difference in the world.  FIDM highly encourages students to take full advantage of their time in college and participate in volunteer community service, either through our student organizations or on their own.  There are volunteer community service opportunities in just about any area.  Read the Newsletter or visit the Student Activities Office for upcoming volunteer community service events and outside volunteer community service opportunities.  Examples of volunteer community service opportunities are:

* Beach clean-ups
* Fundraisers
* Tutoring young children or spending time with the elderly
* Food/clothing drives
* Working at a soup kitchen
* Donating blood or organizing a blood drive
* Working at a pet shelter

Student Involvement - Other Student Activities

Cotton University™
The mission of Cotton University is to increase and enhance the understanding of cotton textiles for professionals, faculty, and students through education and community. FIDM Students and Faculty may register for free as a member to Cotton University to obtain access to valuable online community resources to help achieve their goals and enrich their textile understanding and expertise about cotton.

DEBUT Runway Show
FIDM Students are invited to attend the DEBUT Runway Show, which is held in Los Angeles each Winter quarter.  DEBUT showcases the work of graduating students in FIDM's Advanced Study Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design programs, as well as the work of Interior Design and Textile Design students.

Developmental Workshops
Each quarter, Student Activities offers a variety of leadership, personal, professional, and career development workshops that help to enhance the students experience and growth outside the classroom.  Dining Etiquette, Wellness Week, Civic Awareness, Stress Management, Cultural Celebrations, and Fashion District Tours are just a few of the many workshops offered.

Industry Events & Speakers
Industry-related events give students an opportunity to become familiar with a variety of positions and understand how their classroom knowledge relates to the real world.  These events are a platform for students to network with industry professionals and to obtain first-hand knowledge of their professional experience.

National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA)
FIDM is one of 30 colleges and universities who have joined the non-profit organization NRF Foundation as partners through a program that provides educators and students exclusive access to retail industry research, educational events, industry networking opportunities, and scholarships. NRF Foundation's mission is to promote retail as a career path to young people by providing students with the tools needed to be successful in retail, and demonstrates that opportunities in the retail industry are in a variety of fields including marketing, operations, merchandising, logistics, IT, analytics, criminal justice, and dozens of others.  This group is open to all majors at FIDM.

Textile Design Exhibition
Fashion Knitwear Design and Textile Design students exhibit their portfolios and design collections in the third floor Museum windows of the Los Angeles campus each year.  The exhibition features the creative components of textile design and fashion knitwear design.